Whys and Why Nots of Dense Pack

Putting all of America's MX eggs in one basket seems to defy common sense. But there is a certain logic to Dense Pack that can only be understood in terms of the strange and fearsome technology involved. The closer the Soviet missiles come to the 21-sq.-mi. Wyoming strip, the closer they come to each other. When the first finally explodes just above its target, its apocalyptic power is turned against fellow Soviet missiles. Its blast, and those of any succeeding warheads that manage to detonate, would cause mutual missile annihilation known in the lexicon...

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